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UT’s Instructional Technology master’s degree program prepares leaders in the field of instructional design and technology.

Coursework enables students to design, develop, implement, and evaluate online learning environments. These skills are desirable in a variety of contexts such as education, corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.

To be successful in this fully online program, students need access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, webcam, USB headset with microphone, backup storage device, and software, as required by the course instructors.

  • For more information about the program, email itonline@utk.edu. For more information about the application process, call 865-974-3103 or email Christine Tidwell at ktidwell@utk.edu.

Information for Potential Applicants

IT Online Program at a Glance cover

Click on the image above to download a PDF of IT Online’s Program at a Glance.

Application Requirements

We typically admit for summer and fall semesters. June 15 is the deadline for fall and April 15 is the deadline for summer. We will continue to review applications space permitting after the deadline.

We only admit in the spring semester when there are enough students to start a spring cohort. October 15 is the deadline for spring.

Financial Aid Information

Includes EPC GA Application form, departmental fellowships/scholarships, and links to other funding sources around UT Knoxville.

What jobs can I get with a degree in Instructional Technology?
Graduates in our field typically find jobs related to curricular design, technology coordination, distance education, instructional design, and training.

How long would it take me to complete your program?
Our courses are sequenced so that assuming students enroll in two courses per semester they are able to complete the 33-hour program in two years – including the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Are there any other requirements other than coursework?
To complete our degree, students are required to complete a professional portfolio as a capstone experience and participate in a face-to-face meeting once a year in the summer.

What does the this program offer to me that other programs do not?
IT Online is an online program that takes advantage of both asynchronous and synchronous learning formats. Therefore, you will be expected to engage in course related activities from the convenience of your home and also have live connections with instructors and participants. This program is specifically focused for individuals interested in the development of online learning environments. The Instructional Technology program faculty have more than five years of experience teaching online and at least 80% of the program courses are taught by tenure-track faculty.

Am I ready for an online program?
Please visit the OIT’s Getting Ready for Online Learning page where you will find several questions for UT students to reflect on about being an online learner.

There are several other existing external resources that address participant online learning readiness, and you can review the materials listed below:

What are system requirements to be able to participate in the program?

What technology skills do I need to to be able to participate in the program?
Incoming students are required to be proficient in an operating system, Mac or Windows, that will run the university-supported online learning environments including Canvas and Zoom. Students are also expected to be proficient in productivity software such as Microsoft Office or Open Office. Many assignments in the program courses will require that you complete them using a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation software. Finally, students are required to be proficient in electronic and internet communications. Once students are admitted to the program, all communications will take place through the university email system and students will have to familiarize themselves to it. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have a high speed Internet connection set up from the location s/he will be engaging in course work.

After this master’s program if I choose to continue to a PhD program does UT have an Instructional Technology doctorate program?
Our department houses the Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) doctoral program. This program is primarily face-to-face, but some of your master’s course work may transfer into your program of study. For more information check out the LDT program page.

Who do I contact regarding tuition information?
Please visit One Stop Student Services.

Lila Holt

Lila Holt
Adjunct Assistant Professor
lholt@utk.edu

Craig D. Howard

Craig D. Howard
Assistant Professor
cdh@utk.edu
865-974-8642


Miriam Larson

Miriam Larson
Adjunct Assistant Professor
mlarson2@utk.edu

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch
Associate Professor
lisayl@utk.edu
865-974-7712


Information for Current Students

Advising Form

Two-Year Plan

Fall Year 1
  • IT 521 Proseminar I: Instructional Technology as a Profession
  • IT 570 Instructional Systems Design
Spring Year 1
  • IT 573 Introduction to Multimedia in Instruction
  • IT 532 Online Learning Environments
Summer Year 1
  • Foundation/Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses) or a break
  • IT 525 Professional Ethics in Instructional Technology
Fall Year 2
  • EDPY 506 Introduction to Educational Research (or an alternate research course)
  • IT 566 Understanding Online Interaction *IT532 is a prerequisite for this class
Spring Year 2
  • IT 578 Instructional Media Development *IT570 is a prerequisite for this class
  • IT 594 Proseminar II: Trends and Careers in Instructional Technology
Summer Year 2
  • IT 577 Practicum in Online Learning Environments *IT566 is a prerequisite for this class
  • Foundation/Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses) or a break

Three-Year Plan

Fall Year 1
  • IT 521 Proseminar I: Instructional Technology as a Profession
Spring Year 1
  • IT 573 Introduction to Multimedia in Instruction
  • IT 532 Online Learning Environments
Summer Year 1
  • Foundation/Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses) or a break
  • IT 525 Professional Ethics in Instructional Technology
Fall Year 2
  • IT 570 Instructional Systems Design
  • IT 566 Understanding Online Interaction *IT532 is a prerequisite for this class
Spring Year 2
  • IT 578 Instructional Media Development *IT570 is a prerequisite for this class
  • Foundation/Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses) or a break
Summer Year 2
  • IT 577 Practicum in Online Learning Environments *IT566 is a prerequisite for this class
  • Foundation/Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses) or a break
Fall Year 3
  • EDPY 506 Introduction to Educational Research (or an alternate research course)
Spring Year 3
  • IT 594 Proseminar II: Trends and Careers in Instructional Technology

*Note in this plan there may be summers that you will have no required courses for the program, make sure that you take a break in the summer rather than the regular semester so that you continue to be an active student.

Four-Year Plan

Fall Year 1
  • IT 521 Proseminar I: Instructional Technology as a Profession
Spring Year 1
  • IT 573 Introduction to Multimedia Instruction
Summer Year 1
  • Foundation/Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses) or a break
  • IT 525 Professional Ethics in Instructional Technology
Fall Year 2
  • IT 570 Instructional Systems Design
Spring Year 2
  • IT 532 Online Learning Environments
Summer Year 2
  • Foundation/Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses) or a break
  • IT 525 Professional Ethics in Instructional Technology
Fall Year 3
  • IT 566 Understanding Online Interaction *IT532 is a prerequisite for this class
Spring Year 3
  • IT 578 Instructional Media Development *IT570 is a prerequisite for this class
Summer Year 3
  • IT 577 Practicum in Online Learning Environments *IT566 is a prerequisite for this class
Fall Year 4
  • Choice of Foundation or Elective (such as educational psychology, program evaluation, assessment, or media development courses.)
Spring Year 4
  • IT 594 Proseminar II: Trends and Careers in Instructional Technology

*Note in this plan there may be summers that you will have no required courses for the program, make sure that you take a break in the summer rather than the regular semester so that you continue to be an active student.

Lila Holt

Lila Holt
Adjunct Assistant Professor
lholt@utk.edu

Craig D. Howard

Craig D. Howard
Assistant Professor
cdh@utk.edu
865-974-8642


Miriam Larson

Miriam Larson
Adjunct Assistant Professor
mlarson2@utk.edu

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch
Associate Professor
lisayl@utk.edu
865-974-7712


 

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Updated 07/31/2019

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